Sunday August 18 2014
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time



Prayers for Iraq

This Sunday, August 17th, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is inviting all Catholics to offer prayer and sacrifice for all those who are suffering severe religious persecution in Iraq as perpetrated by the Islamic terrorist organization, ISIS.  Many have given their lives for being Christian.  All Christians and other non-Muslims are being expelled from parts of Iraq because of this group.  Let us unite our small sacrifices and prayers to their struggle as we pray for peace and justice.  One prayer to offer is one composed by the Chaldean Patriarch of Iraq, His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako:
The plight of our country
is deep and the suffering of Christians
is severe and frightening.
Therefore, we ask you Lord
to spare our lives, and to grant us patience, 
and courage to continue our witness of Christian values with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the foundation of life;
Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us
to live with each other without fear and anxiety,
and with dignity and joy.
Glory be to you forever.
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Meet Bishop da Cunha


Bishop Edgar da Cunha is soon to be installed as the new Bishop of the Fall River Diocese. He's also a soccer player and there's a Youtube video to prove it! Click the Youtube logo or this link to view the video

Fr. John

Fr. John will be away until Saturday morning, August 23rd. 

Faith Formation News

Please Consider Volunteering to Teach!

We are blessed to have over 500 families with children enrolled in our Faith Formation program. Parents are the primary teachers of our faith to their children, and our program acts as a secondary teacher. We work together to educate your children in as many aspects of our Catholic Faith as we are able.

Over 800 students are enrolled in our program, which means that we need to provide close to 100 classes for these students. These classes are led by the many volunteers that we depend on. We are in need of a great number of teachers for the fall. If you have a child in our program, are a confirmed, practicing Catholic please consider volunteering to teach. We have many parents who co-teach to help with busy schedules.  If you are interested, or have any questions for us, please contact Lisa Donahue or Kristin Kreckler at (508) 824-9021 or email us at     Thank you!

Grade Teachers
Meeting Day Time
5 2 every other Monday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
6 1 every other Monday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
7 1 every other Tuesday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
8 1 every other Tuesday 6:30pm – 8:00pm


Parish News & Events

Parish News

The new offices are up and running!  Many thanks to the wonderful parish staff here at St. Ann's and some volunteers who helped make the transition to the parish center so smooth. It is our hope that this will assist us in serving you better.

Lectors - Eucharistic Ministers - Altar Servers

The July - September Eucharistic Minister, Lector and Altar Server schedule is available for download by clicking here


Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic?  Please let us know!  The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a journey of faith and understanding.  The process begins in the fall and concludes at the Easter Vigil.  Please contact Fr. John at the parish office (508-823-9833) if you would like to learn more. 

Sacrament of Baptism

We extend prayerful congratulations to:
Tyler Jason Broberg
son of Paul and Mara Broberg
Landon Alan Canepa
son of Thomas Canepa and Amy McRae
Mason Edward Couture
son of Lucien and Stacey Couture
Lucy Elizabeth Francis
Tyler Donald Francis
son & daughter of Donald and Elizabeth Francis
Owen Travis Fullerton
son of Travis and Brenda Fullerton
Samuel Walter Guidaboni
son of Stephen and Susan Guidaboni
Julian-Anthony LesBordes-Percy
son of Tallulah Anita LesBordes-Percy
Brea Patricia Morse
daughter of Brian and Jennifer Morse
Emily Jeanne Poltrino
daughter of Matthew and Karen Poltrino
Faith Addison Stebbins
daughter of Jacob Stebbins and Paige Mischeri
Camden James Torres
son of Brennan Torres and Ashley Manning
who were baptized and welcomed into our faith community during the month of July.

St. Ann's Sociable Seniors

No meeting will be held in July.  Our annual picnic will be in August.  Regular meetings will begin in September, 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10:30am.  Wishing everyone a very happy summer!

Coffee & Donuts On Hiatus

We are giving the bakers and the workers a well-deserved break as a way of saying thanks for their help this past year. We want to thank Bev Morgan for overseeing this activity, and Tim Holick and Ed Ennes, our “bakers.”  We are grateful to all of the volunteers who assist in this social activity. Coffee and Donuts will return in September.

Parish Necrology

Each week, our parish necrology – a listing of the anniversaries of those parish members who have gone before us – is published. We ask that you keep these folks in your prayers, particularly on the anniversary of their death.  
Fr. John

Note - Click here to see the necrology for August.

Good Luck Collegians!

As the summer winds to a close, we want to extend our prayerful best wishes to those members of the parish who will be returning or starting college in the next couple of weeks.  We will miss their presence, but they will be in our prayers!  Best of luck at school, and we look forward to your visits during the school year!

Parish Social - Save The Date!

This year’s Parish Social will be held on Saturday, October 18th, at the Stoneforge Tavern & Publick House in Raynham. 

Prayers for the Sick

Please remember in your prayers all who are facing illness at this time: 

Fred Lincoln
Jennifer K. Strachan

and those whose names are listed in the book of prayers for the sick.

Praying for the sick is something we are called to do as disciples of Jesus.  In an effort to assist us in doing that we are asking if you or a loved one is ill and needs to be prayed for.  We will maintain the practice of keeping the prayer book by the tabernacle.  But we will also be adding another way of praying for those who are sick. Every other week the names of those for whom we are praying will be listed in the bulletin, with the permission of the person who is sick or their family. Please forward your prayer requests to Roberta Santos ( When making the request please leave your name and phone number. Should you wish to keep the name private, that will be honored.  Thank you!

Fall River Diocese 
Area Schools

Our Lady of Lourdes School Golf Tournament

14th Annual Golf Tournament

Segregansett Country Club, Taunton. Monday, September 15th.  Lunch provided for all players.  Tee off at 12:30pm with dinner and prizes immediately following play.  Call 508-822-3746 or check school website,, to download registration forms and get detailed information about tournament. 

Fall River Diocese 
News and Events

Area Daily Mass Schedules

St. Thomas Aquinas, Bridgewater   St. Jude the Apostle, Taunton
Monday – Friday 7:00am & 9:00am,
Saturday 9:00am
  Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Friday 9:00am
Holy Cross, South Easton    Holy Family, East Taunton
Monday – Friday 9:00am   Monday – Saturday 8:00am

2nd Annual Glory Road Race

Immaculate Conception Church, N. EastonWe’re excited to announce the 2nd Annual Glory Road Race will be held at Borderland State Park on Saturday, September 20th, at 10:00am! 

The course is a 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk through the beautiful grounds of our local Easton gem.  It’s a family friendly environment which we know everybody will enjoy!  We are now using official bib chip timing.  The cost is $22.00 per person, register online at  You may also call ICC at 508-238-3232 or email us at for more information.

Marriage Encounter Weekend

If we believe, Jesus will give us all the food we need for our marriage. Enrich your marriage on the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on September 19 - 21, 2014, and October 24-26, 2014. For more information call Jim and Elaine Richard at 1-800-710-WWME or visit our webpage at

St. Ann's On Facebook

St. Ann's Parish is on Facebook! Click the "Like" button below. Fr. John will be posting to the group on a regular basis, so come converse with him on Facebook!  

Community Information
and Announcements

Hope Hospice Volunteers

Hope Hospice is looking for volunteers who want to make a lasting difference in the lives of patients and families.  There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities available that match your specialized expertise, unique talents and interest in caring for others.  Volunteer opportunities include providing emotional support and companionship, respite care to caregivers, pet therapy, Reiki, massage and administrative assistance.  All Volunteers participate in a comprehensive training program.  To learn more: contact,  call (508) 957-0270, or visit  Hope Hospice is part of the HopeHealth family of services. 

Become a Mentor Foster Parent

Make a difference in the life of a child from your own community. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in yours. As a foster parent, you will receive $350 tax free weekly stipend per child, 24/7 support and On-Going Skill Development. Foster Children have their own insurance and additional money that is available for clothing allowances, birthday’s & holidays. To change a life of a child in need in your community call today! Massachusetts MENTOR visit or call us at 508-995-3251 ext 5619.

Choose Life

St. Ann's Respect Life Ministry has a great suggestion for parishioners to take a stand for life.  All you need to do is change your license plate! The Massachusetts "Choose Life" license plate is a wonderful way to raise public awareness and much needed funding to support the positive choices of adoption and safe havens. To order "The Choose Life" plate, or for more information, visit Click on the "Purchase a Choose Life Plate" link for the Massachusetts RMV webpage.  It's easy and goes to a great cause - and you don't have to wait in line!

What Are The Requirements To Be A Godparent Or Sponsor?

In order to serve as a Godparent or sponsor, you must be a confirmed Catholic, at least 16 years old, registered in a parish and practicing your faith by weekly participation at Mass. If you are married your marriage must be recognized as valid by the Church.  If you have any questions about this, see either Fr.John or Deacon Joe.

Brookhaven Hospice Volunteer Training

Free Hospice Volunteer Training. We are seeking compassionate, caring people who would like to volunteer for our hospice company.  If you have spare time, would like to give back, or need volunteer hours, you could fulfill all of those, while enriching the lives of hospice patients.  We need people who would provide companionship, friendliness, and a kind heart to those who end of life patients.

If you, or someone you know, would like to attend a free training on being a hospice volunteer, please contact us.  Here at Brookhaven we believe in Celebrating Life.  For more information contact: Jenn Fenuccio Volunteer Coordinator at 855-820-4801.  Visit our web site


The Cancer Care Community Advisory Board – the CABbies – is an all volunteer group with a commitment to help patients and survivors of the greater Taunton area from their cancer diagnosis through treatment and beyond. We assist with short term financial assistance and a variety of other needs.

Please join us on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm in the Morton Hospital Cafeteria Annex or call Mary Machado at 508-823-4608 or Ginny Starvish at 508-828-7920 for assistance or more information.

The Sunday Mass

The Sunday Mass is now airing on ABC Family Channel from 6:30am to 7:00am each Sunday morning.

The Sunday Mass is produced by the Passionist Fathers and Brothers of New York City and is available on DirecTV (channel 311), DishTV (channel 180) and Comcast Cable (channel 26/HD 826). To early for you? Tivo it or watch it online at

The Office for Child Protection

The Office for Child Protection would like to remind those in ministry with our children to maintain appropriate boundaries at all times. Meeting alone in isolated areas, e-mailing or calling too much, being involved in too many of the minor’s activities, showing favoritism or giving special gifts and communicating with our youth over social networking sites such as MySpace and Face Book, violates appropriate boundaries in our relationships with young people.

If you would like more information about what types of interactions are inappropriate, please call Debora Jones at 508-674-4681.

Adoption by Choice

Adoption by Choice, a program of Catholic Social Services, provides confidential supportive pregnancy counseling to individuals experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. An unplanned pregnancy can sometimes mean making difficult but very important decisions. Our licensed counselors are available to meet with individuals and their families whenever they might need someone to share concerns about an unplanned pregnancy and the future of the baby.

Please call 508-674-4681 if you or someone you know might want to explore the agency’s services, and ask to speak with a pregnancy counselor. The Catholic Social Service website also provides additional information on our services:

Traveling? Mass Schedules Nationwide

For nationwide Mass times and locations, you may call 1-410-676-6000 or visit

Catholic TV On The Web

 Or click here to visit

New Words, Same Mass

Examining the New English Translation of the Mass

Why a new translation? Which prayers are changing? How will it affect our celebration of the Mass?

A video presentation explaining the changes to the Mass, given by Rev. Msgr. Stephen J. Avila, director of the Office for Worship of the Fall River Diocese and the Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Mansfield, is available for viewing on Youtube in a five-part series. Links to the video are here:
Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5


Some of the weekly images on are copyright © 2014

A Word of Welcome to New Parishioners!

Please introduce yourselves to Fr. John or Deacon Joe so that we can better serve you.
We hope that you will become involved with our parish,
and we look forward to your presence and participation each week.
Sacrament Preparation
For information regarding Sacrament Preparation click here
Parish Bulletin
Parish bulletins can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here
We want to keep in touch with our parishioners 
It is important to let us know when one becomes homebound or enters a nursing home or long-term care so that we can touch base and see if they would like to receive Holy Communion.
Please help keep us informed of these changes.

August Necrology

August 3 Joyce Wynn 1971 August 10 Kathleen Eramian 1991 August 15 Simone Plante 2012
  Brian S. Perry 1986   Mary A. Hayston 1998 August 16 Kelley J. Andrews 1984
  Mary Ann Rocha 1996   Daniel Cabral 2009   Helyn Delano 2006
  Eugene B. Garner 1998   Lorraine Cahoon 2009 August 17 Eva Lucey 1974
  Marie P. Gonsalves 2002   Arlene Almeida 2011   Della S. Burgess 1997
August 4 Agnes M. Landgraf 1995 August 11 Dorothy Cooke 1975   Robert J. Gomes-Pereira 2000
August 5 Sophie Sylvia 2006   Deborah Engermann 2003   Mary Patrice White 2013
August 6 Donald A. Wotherspoon 2004   Edward Maloof 2008 August 18 Robert J. Murray 1979
  Giovanni Dinorcia 2007   Robert P. DeBourke 2013   John F. Martin, Jr 2002
August 7 Edward J Reilly 1961 August 11 Clement D. LaBelle 1986 August 20 Mary E. White 1978
  Joseph M Varao 1983   John Correia 1998   Dorothy Nottre 1986
  Josephine V. Gilbert 2004   Albert Healey 2008   Antoinette Yellen 2005
  Lea A. Merrion 2013   Alfred Machado 2010 August 21 Henry A. Brazil 1978
August 8 Jeanne A. Cook 1981 August 12 John McGrath 1962   Elizabeth H. Grogan 1983
  Alfred J. McConnell 1991   James E. Keffer, Jr. 1997 August 22 Paul Soares 1977
  John Carnes 2009 August 14 Alice E. Wilbur 1976   Pauline M. Cleary 1997
  Jacqueline Campbell 2012   Elizabeth Wirth 1978   Giuseppina Cantafio 1998
August 9 John J. Alden 1980   Anna M. Phillips 1995   Leo Luis Patrick 2002
  Anne T. Scanlon 1987 August 15 Manuel Aranjo 1986   R. Michael Whitty 2007
August 9 Louis DeCosta 1990   Teresa R. Wholley 2010 August 23 Dennis Costa 1972
              Mary Cady 2007


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